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Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy




Subject Overview

In Engineering you will be given the chance to develop your skills within the design process such as researching, planning, designing, evaluating and manufacturing. You will develop the use of traditional engineering drawing skills as well as CAD/CAM (Computer Aided Design/ Computer Aided Manufacture).


Mrs Riley is our excellent Engineering teacher and head of the design technology department. Mrs Rileyhas an honours degree in Design Technology where she studied all the different subject areas of technology and then focussed in her final year on product design as she is fascinated with how things work and are manufactured!

Name Role
Mrs Riley Head of design technology department


On the Engineering course students will have access to an extensive range of tools and machinery in the workshops to support their study of Engineering.  The students also have access to the use of the laser cutter and 3D printer to develop Computer Aided Design skills


The main aims of this qualification are to help you to:

  • Investigate the processes used to manufacture/construct modern products within engineering. You will also study some of the new developments in materials and technology that have an impact on life today – or will have in the very near future.
  • Investigate the materials and commercial production processes used in engineering, in order to learn why they were used in preference to others that might also have been appropriate. You will also learn how certain materials and processes can affect the environment and understand the engineering design process and develop your own product in this cycle.


This is a two Year course which covers six units, including core units of Health and Safety in the Engineering workplace and Electrical and Electronic principles. Students’ progress onto optional units involving Computer Aided Design and Engineering drawing techniques.

For the Subsidiary Diploma you will study six units which include the following:

Unit 1: Health and Safety in the Engineering Workplace, here you will study the different rules and regulations of the engineering workplace including risk assessment and accident procedures

Unit 3: Mathematics for Engineering Technicians, this unit involve applying mathematical equations to engineering problems

Unit 6: Electrical and Electronic principles, involves developing your understanding of AC and DC networks and functions of components

Unit 12: Applications of Mechanical Systems in Engineering, gives you knowledge of components and systems commonly used in lubrication systems, transmissions and plant equipment.

Unit 16: Engineering drawings for Technicians, enable learners to produce engineering drawings of different components, assemblies and circuits using a variety of sketching, drawing and      computer-aided drafting techniques.

Unit 44: Engineering Maintenance and procedures, give learners the knowledge and skills needed to plan and carry out maintenance and monitoring techniques on engineering equipment and systems.


There are a range of support sessions that run at lunchtime and after school for pupils in all of the three key stages. Additional support classes are available for all students before they sit GCSE/ Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications. Students can also drop in during enrichment time for homework support for each key stage that are supervised by subject specialists.


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